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The speech censors given a free media pass

David Seymour’s proposal to abolish the Human Rights Commission reflects widespread suspicion that is has become a taxpayer-funded nest for people plotting to end the freedoms it was established to protect. As Janet Albrechtsen explained last week in The Australian, the same problem afflicts Australia. Instead of defending free speech...

Journalists have an interest in free speech

John Drinnan says "There is a tendency to accept that people with unorthodox views in the current milieu must be policed and punished. It goes against the notion of objectivity and balance that some of us still expect from media."

Stuff Article: Mass shootings predate social media, so let's focus on the real problems

With permission from Stuff's editors -- Selected parts of an Opinion piece by Damien Grant, contributor to Stuff and supporter of the Free Speech Coalition "If you need evidence of why governments should not be trusted with regulating social media companies you only need to flick through the twenty four...

Is New Zealand a Racist Country? | NZ, racism, hypocrisy & free speech

- Dr David Cumin I was asked to answer an important question at a recent event hosted by the Indian community in New Zealand: Is NZ a racist country?   The question was clearly based off a comment that Taika Waititi made in 2018 - calling New Zealand "racist as...

Why Golriz Ghahraman should not be the guardian of our speech

For a first-time list MP who made it into Parliament by the skin of her teeth, and is in a minor party that maybe is or isn’t in government (depending on what day it is and who you ask), Golriz Ghahraman sure gets a lot of attention. I’m loathe to...

Censorship is the Snake in the Garden

By Dane Giraud It seems incredible now but there was a time when nearly every New Zealand suburb had a beautiful movie theatre. They could be rather baroque affairs too, with mezzanine levels and carpet on the walls. My locals were “The Starlight” in Hunters Corner, Papatoetoe, where I saw...

How Hate Speech Laws Violate Equality

Since at least 2017, the New Zealand Human Rights Commission has sought to broaden the definition of hate speech, seeing that existing laws had been "unable to be utilized in respect of religious hate speech directed at Muslim New Zealanders, who, for the most part, belong to a variety of...

Quilliette article - Banning Evil: In the Shadow of Christchurch, Quasi-Religious Myths Can Lead Us Astray

With permission from Quillette's editors-- By Michael Shermer, contributor to Quillette and publisher of Skeptic Magazine.  On March 15, a 28-year old an Australian gunman named Brenton Tarrant allegedly opened fire in two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques, killing 50 and wounding 50 more. It was the worst mass shooting in...

Opinion: Far Right impulses drive Left wing censorship

By Dane Giraud - The anti-speech mob ignore a simple fact; there is incredible diversity within minority groups. Therefore, we must keep society as open and as liberal as possible. The idea that our right to free speech must be tested against “competing rights” comes out of a worldview that...

Opinion: Keeping The Devil Down In The Hole.

By Chris Trotter - HOW SHOULD New Zealand respond to the Christchurch Mosque Shootings? What should the Government do? A powerful consensus has formed behind the Prime Minister’s call for gun control. Subsequent initiatives may not, however, be so universally affirmed. Voices are already being raised in favour of restricting the...

Opinion: Government should not sign UN Migration Compact

Next week, New Zealand is expected to sign the United Nations’ Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. While it is non-binding, the protocol could still damage New Zealanders’ right to free speech and debate. The Free Speech Coalition is indifferent on immigration policy matters; reasonable people can agree to disagree....

Opinion: Another VC on Free Speech

Here is a good analysis written by the Free Speech Coalition's own David Farrar on Stuart McCutcheon's comments on the principles of free speech in the university environment in New Zealand.